SKOWHEGAN — Selectmen voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve accepting a deed to the town from the owner of a portion of land next to the Community Center that was mistakenly developed into a town football field.

The town will take $15,000 from a special account to buy the property.

The unanimous vote closes the book on a matter that cost the town $27,500 to correct.

Selectmen in June authorized the final payment for corrections made in the area of the new youth football field off West Front Street, part of which was built in the wrong place by the Maine Army National Guard.

Voters at the annual Town Meeting June 8 agreed to buy a 50-by-470-foot slice of land owned by Kris Laney at the far end of the football field for $15,000. In addition, the town spent about $8,000 for engineering and drainage work, and $4,500 for survey work.

Buying the strip of land for $15,000 was cheaper than moving the football field, which would have cost an estimated $45,000, town officials said in June.

Responsibility for misplacing the field falls on the town, they said.

“I believe that it was a lack of oversight on our part and this is our way of resolving that,” Town Manager Christine Almand said in June.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

[email protected]

Twitter: @Doug_Harlow


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